Japan Travel Guide
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These scores tell you how well-liked a place is in each Tribe. Gogobot Tribes are groups who share a certain travel style, like Family Travelers or History Buffs.
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- 85%Local Culture
- 85%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 78%History Buffs
- 71%Art & Design Lovers
- 64%Spiritual Seekers
- 57%Business Travelers
- 57%Family Travelers
Member Reviews (108)
- JapanMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Feb 04, 2014
Hands down one of the most unique places in the world. Japan, to say the least, has a style all it's own! The special blend of modern and traditional achieved by these people is truly one of a kind. The cities are bustling, the countryside is spectacular and the you could not find kinder people.
- JapanMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Jan 14, 2014
Japan is a large country to visit. The dense population means that even a small area offers a wide variety of experiences and environments. Aspects seem familiar to a North American but other aspects are totally foreign. Researching before you visit is a good idea, and speaking a little Japanese helps grease the social wheels.
- JapanMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jan 05, 2014
Japan is a big country and it’s hard to decide what to see and do on your first visit. I’ll share our itinerary – hopefully, it will help others plan their trip. We were happy with our trip. We wanted to visit Japan when cherry trees were blooming, so it took some research to figure out when we should book the trip so we can hit the blooming time. There are websites that show blooming dates in the past and predicted dates for the upcoming season (for example, http://www.jnto.go.jp/sakura/eng/city.php?CI=10).
This was our itinerary (11 nights total):
• Arrived in Tokyo at 5 am; took a train to Kyoto; checked in at our hotel near the Kyoto Station around 9 am and went exploring the city
• Stayed for 5 nights in Kyoto
• Day trip to Nara from Kyoto
• We had 1 night booked at a ryokan in Hakone (between Kyoto and Tokyo); we shipped most of our luggage to Tokyo (arranged through our hotel) and with an overnight bag took a train to Hakone.
• 1 night relaxing at a ryokan with hot springs; then exploring the Hakone area
• Took a train to Tokyo, arriving late at night (our luggage was at the hotel already)
• Stayed for 5 nights in Tokyo; planned to do a day-trip to Nikko but it didn’t work out (unfortunately).
Some practical tips:
• It’s hard to find an ATM machine that take international cards; so don’t count on refilling your wallet with cash frequently, like you would do in Europe; look for 7-11 stores; there is a machine at the post office near Kyoto station
• No worries about carrying lots of cash with you – there is no petty crime in Japan
• Great public transportation – busses, subway, trains; figure out how to use it and you will do just fine getting anywhere you want
o For example, busses in Kyoto: 220 yen ticket price within city line, if you have exact change – put it in the machine near the driver; you can get a day pass for 500 yen;
o Get in line at the bus stop, even if there are only a couple of people waiting
o Get in line at the designated spaces marked on the pavement at the train station
o It is easy to arrange to have your luggage shipped from one city to another ($15 a bag); It will arrive on the second day - works well if you take a side trip to a smaller town for a day or two.
- JapanMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 09, 2013
One of the most refined cultures on Earth, Japan is an easy place to like -- clean, polite, beautiful and crime-free, with excellent transportation, food, and sightseeing. Still Japan is expensive, and careful planning will save the traveler a great deal. Centuries-old temples and hot spring villages exist alongside shinkansen bullet trains and acres of glittering neon, a melding of the traditional and the hyper-modern unlike anywhere else on earth. The biggest surprise though? Stunning natural beauty, whether gnarly hikes in the Northern Alps or skiing deep powder far above the lavender fields of Hokkaido.
- JapanJun 08, 2013
Spent two summers in Japan, traveled to multiple cities and islands. This is a must see if anyone wants to visit an Asian country. The temples are well kept, the food is incredible, the rice patties are beautiful, the Ginza is an experience. And, dancing at a Bon Dance Festival with hundreds of dancers at a real temple is something I will never forget. I highly recommend visiting this country!!
- JapanJul 29, 2012
Since my family is from Japan, this may be a bit biast but I have traveled to 32 countries and still feel Japan is a fantastic country to visit. It's very well organized, modern, clean, the people are polite and there is a lot of things to do. The Japanese cuisine is amazing, the nightlife in the city is awesome, the hot springs in southern japan is unforgettable, my friends appreciates the anime culture, there are tons of gorgeous temples, the shopping is fun...the list can go on and on.
- JapanMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jul 17, 2012
This is a very clean, beautiful, historic country. I suppose that could be said about anywhere but I like it most for their food. Where else can I get really great sushi? I'm not too keen on the currency exchange but I've always wanted to attend one of the vibrant festivals here.
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